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Nationwide PBS story to feature Dubuque

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Journalist John Larson is featuring Dubuque in the Main Street America series for the PBS show Need to Know. Journalist John Larson is featuring Dubuque in the Main Street America series for the PBS show Need to Know.
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The PBS show Need to Know will soon feature Dubuque in its Main Street America series.

The journalist reporting these stories is John Larson, former NBC correspondent for Dateline, Nightly News and the Today Show.

Thursday afternoon, Larson sat down with Brian Cooper, executive editor of KWWL coverage partner the Telegraph Herald, for an interview. This week, Larson is interviewing dozens of people in Dubuque to get a picture of the key city.

The series examines Main Streets across the US: what's really going on in each city's Main Street and how local issues form snapshots of the bigger national picture.

"We're talking to one business on Main Street whose business is very much dependent on government regulations," Larson said of Dubuque. "We're talking to a woman who lives on Main Street, who's on a fixed income and very concerned about health care."

He said these are concerns that pop up on every Main Street in America, "so in some ways Dubuque is the same. Economically, it's better off than most places."

Larson and his crew have covered Main Streets in cities that face dire situations.

"Economically, [Dubuque is] so far ahead of so many other Main Streets," Larson said. "Unemployment here is, depending on when you check, it's around five percent as opposed to eight or 10 or 15 or 17. The economic stress on Main Street is very different here than other parts of the country."

He said he sensed an excitement from those he interviewed about the direction in which Dubuque is heading.

The Need to Know episode of the Main Street America series featuring Dubuque is set to air the night of Friday, Nov. 2. Check local PBS listings for the exact time.

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